Accelerating MENA’s Next Generation
Government with Data

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Event Overview

As the economies in MENA are increasingly undergoing digital transformation, governments across the region continue to expand their investments in data management, governance, and protection. Dubai’s government services hit 99.5% digitization rate in 2023. Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation has skyrocketed in recent years, with the Kingdom digitalizing more than 6,000 government services, representing 97% of total government services in 2022. (The National Transformation Program (NTP) report).

These advancements highlight the critical role of data and the integration of cutting-edge technologies such as 5G deployments, AI, IoT, cloud computing, and analytics to achieve MENA’s digital transformation goals.

In this exciting and disruptive era, the Data-Driven Government Conference acts as a crucial platform annually bringing together key stakeholders from ministries, government and public sector to facilitate collaboration, illuminate significant obstacles including real-time data management, data breaches, data accuracy issues, incompatibility among solutions, the constraints of traditional systems and other main issues collectively impeding the region’s swift economic development and exchange insights on leveraging data-driven innovations to drive societal transformation and position the Middle East economy as an economic powerhouse globally.

‘Another characteristic of mature digital governments is that they are data-driven, leveraging their national data assets to generate insights that improve decision making and develop advanced analytics and artificial intelligence use cases.’ – In ‘The Journey to Digital Government 5.0 Part 1 Publication’ by PwC

Market Drivers

Global smart government market was valued at $21.9 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $124.7 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 19.4% from 2022 to 2031.

United Arab Emirates data center market size was valued at USD 1.25 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 1.91 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 7.34% (Arizton Advisory and Intelligence).

Oman data center market size was previously valued at $286 million and is expected to reach $470.8 million by 2027 , growing at a CAGR of 11.42% during 2021–2027 (Arizton Advisory and Intelligence).

MENA data center market is projected to reach a value of $7.94 billion by 2028 from $4.86 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 8.53% from 2023-2028 (Research and Markets).

Saudi Arabia data Center market is anticipated to grow at a rapid pace of 13.5% during 2024-2028 (Research and Markets)

Bahrain data center market size was valued at USD 166.4 million in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 305.9 million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 10.68% (Arizton Advisory and Intelligence).

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WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

Bigger and Better

The 4th Data-Driven Government Conference is set to exceed expectations, featuring an extended two-day program. This edition will be larger in scale, incorporating evidence-based case studies, interactive panel discussions led by esteemed C-level executives from diverse regions and industries, keynote presentations delivered by influential stakeholders and technical experts, and engaging fireside chats. The event's primary focus will revolve around showcasing crucial advancements and offering practical solutions to address the challenges currently confronting the MENA region.

Diverse Speaker Lineup

By bringing together the brightest minds from various countries in the region, the conference offers a kaleidoscope of insights. It will include a broad spectrum of perspectives of thought leaders, innovators, technical experts from government, public administrations, and data utilization experts providing a well-rounded view of the subject matter.

Groundbreaking Solutions and State-of-the-Art Technologies

The Data-Driven Government Conference, hosting more than 30 Exhibitors and Sponsors, will serve as a showcase for the latest and most innovative products in the field of data. It will be a testament to the cutting-edge advancements in the industry.

Networking

Extensive opportunities spread across two days to establish new partnerships and reconnect with your peers across the region.

Meet the team

Advisory Board Members

Ali Abdulla Alsadadi

Chief of Information Technology

Ministry of Oil and Environment
Bahrain

Fatmah Alabdouli

Director of Data Management & Statistics

Ministry of Energy
& Infrastructure
UAE

Noora Alawi

Principle Advisor - Smart City

Dubai Integrated Economic
Zone Authority

Eng. Ali Abuzinjal

Director of IT

Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Authority

Mohammad J Sear

Digital Government & Public Sector Consulting Leader - Middle East, Africa, India

EY

Speakers

Dr. Khaled Alhazmi

Managing Director - Government Cloud Office

Digital Government Authority
KSA

Sara Al Zarooni

Director of Data Management and Compliance Department, Dubai Data & Statistics Establishment

Digital Dubai

Dr Sohail Munir

Advisor of Emerging Technologies and Centre of Excellence

Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence

Ali Abdulla Alsadadi

Chief of Information Technology

Ministry of Oil and Environment
Bahrain

Fatmah Alabdouli

Director of Data Management & Statistics

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure
UAE

Meera Ahmad AlShaikh

Director – Smart Services Department

Road and Transport Authority (RTA)

Sultan Altukhaim

General Manager - Cybersecurity and Data Governance

Communications, Space & Technology Commission

Dr. Alya Zaid Mohammed Harbi

Director - Statistics and Research Center

Ministry of Health & Prevention

Mariam Alhammadi

Head of Cyber Security Operations Center

Ministry of Interior
UAE

Dr. Shada Al Ghazali

Acting Director of Public Health Information Department, Department of Health

Abu Dhabi

Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi

Director - Digital Transformation - Cyber Security - Artificial Intelligence Expert

Government of Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abdellkader Es Slami Houssine

Director – AI & Smart Data

e& Enterprise

Noora Alawi

Principle Advisor - Smart City

Dubai Integrated Economic
Zone Authority

Manish Vaidya

Head of Data Science & Analytics

Department of Culture and Tourism
Abu Dhabi 

Ozan Tercan

CEO

Solution BI

Arthur Britz

Senior Data Strategist - Infrastructure & Applications

Department of Government Enablement

Yasser Shawky

Vice President - Emerging Markets

Informatica

Dr Kalthoom Al Blooshi

Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Training and Development Center

Emirates Health Services

Eng. Ali Abuzinjal

Director of IT

Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Authority

Walid Lotfy

Acting Head of Data & Economic Intelligence Section

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Jihad Tayara

Chief Executive Officer

EVOTEQ

Asma Yousuf Zainal

Founder

The Futurist

Mohammad J Sear

Digital Government & Public Sector Consulting Leader - Middle East, Africa, India

EY

Kamran Ahsan

Head of AI & Data Business

e& Enterprises

Prof. Adrian Castillero Franco

Digital Advisor and Adjunct Professor, Technology and Innovation Management Programs

IE Business School – Madrid

Abdelqader Tareq Amad

Data and Economic Intelligence Senior Analyst

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hossam Hassanien

Chief / Principal Solutions Architect – Emerging Markets

Informatica

AGENDA

  • AGENDA DAY 1 | 26TH FEBRUARY
  • AGENDA DAY 2 | 27TH FEBRUARY

08:00 – 09:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome Address

09:05 – 09:15

Opening Remarks by the Conference Chairman

09:15 – 10:00

Panel: The Intersection of 5G and Data to Build the Most Connected Countries
Panelists:
Moderator:

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote Presentation Session: Embrace AI, go data driven - Phase zero

Informatica and e&

Speakers:

10:30 – 11:15

Panel Discussion: Building Resilient and Interconnected Government Services by Breaking Down Siloed Systems and Modernizing IT Infrastructure and Applications
Panelists:
Moderator:

11:15 – 12:00

VIP Exhibition Tour & Networking Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:20

Fireside Chat: Low-code/No-code Automation - Is it Worth the Hype?
Speaker:

12:05 – 12:50

Industry Innovation Session

12:20 – 12:40

Case Study - Health Data Revolutions: The Technological Innovations of the Integration of Data and AI
Speaker:

12:40 – 13:00

Fireside Chat: Cyberstorm Alert - Combatting the Wave of Increased Data Breach Risks and Cyberattacks Brought About by Government Digitalization
Panelist:

13:00 – 13:10

Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman

13:10

and End of Conference Day One

08:30 – 09:30

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome Address by Conference Chairman

09:40 – 10:25

Panel Discussion: The Role of Data Quality in Open Government and Open Data Initiatives
Panelists:
Moderator:

10:25 – 11:10

Panel Discussion: Unveiling the Hidden Value - Exploring Dark Data and Breaking Down Data Silos
Speakers:
Speakers:

11:10 – 11:55

VIP Exhibition Tour & Networking Coffee Break

11:55 – 12:40

Panel Discussion: Elevating the Potential of Smart Cities with Robust Data Management Capabilities
Panelists:
Moderator:

12:40 – 13:00

Fireside Chat: Reimagining Citizen Interaction with Generative AI
Speakers:

12:35 – 13:20

Panel Discussion: Unveiling the Hidden Value - Exploring Dark Data and Breaking Down Data Silos
Panelist:
Moderator:

13:00 – 13:10

Closing remarks by Conference Chairman

13:10

Networking Lunch and End of Conference

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Why Sponsor?

Get in Front of Your Target Market

Get the chance to network and build relationships with key stakeholders involved in the digitalization of government services across MENA and get insight into their plans to invest in new technologies and spot opportunities.  

Increase Your Competitiveness

Learn about the challenges faced by the region’s industry experts and identify how you can provide them with customised solutions to help them overcome them. 

Generate Strong Leads

Learn about the future of data-driven government and public services and influence decision makers and stand a chance of being shortlisted for upcoming projects.  

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